Bono: 10 Ideas for the '10s

Just one last little year-end list, from a humble rocker's point of view
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2010 12:38 PM CST
Bono: 10 Ideas for the '10s
Irish singer Bono performs with his band U2 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

(Newser) – Had it with year-end lists? So has Bono. So, "in the spirit of rock star excess," he's going to lay one more on you. Behold, the 10 ideas that the U2 frontman thinks will "make the next 10 years more interesting, healthy or civil":

  • Get Detroit its sexyback: The industry that "made us fall in love with the automobile" has us tooling around in minivans. The solution? "Put some style fascists into the mix: the genius of Marc Newson ... Steve Jobs and Jonny Ive ... Frank Gehry and Jeff Koons."

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  • Creativity don't come cheap: "The only thing protecting the movie and TV industries from the fate that has befallen music and newspaper business is the size of the files." It's perfectly easy to track content, as well as necessary—not so much for fat cat rock stars, but the struggling young artist.
  • Angiogenesis: Inhibiting the regeneration of blood vessels could have huge implications in cancer research. "In a world worrying about whether it can afford health care, advances in prevention are at a premium," Bono writes.
  • Nonviolent revolution: As Germans recently celebrated the anniversary of the Wall's fall and Iranians took to the streets, may regimes take note, and may people in places filled with rage and despair in the days ahead find among them their Gandhi, their King, their Aung San Suu Kyi."

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